— Sharon Bender
The Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) honored B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick from Huntingdon Valley, PA and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin on August 6 during the AEPi 97th Anniversary Convention.
Glick was initiated as an honorary member of the fraternity and Mariaschin received the Gitelson Silver Medallion, an award which honors AEPi alumni who have committed to practice Jewish community service.
In 2007, AEPi and B’nai B’rith partnered to provide community service, educational, and advocacy programming for fraternity brothers to keep active in the Jewish community after graduating college.
“I am honored to be named an honorary member of a dedicated fraternity focused on values of brotherhood, leadership, and service,” Glick said. “I value B’nai B’rith’s relationship with AEPi and believe that our joint service projects change lives for the better in the communities we serve.”
Mariaschin was a brother in the Delta Beta chapter at the University of New Hampshire.
“I am extremely proud to receive such a prestigious award that represents something I have been passionate about throughout my professional career-service to others,” Mariaschin said. “It is fitting to have this award presented in New Orleans, a place where helping others has become paramount since Hurricane Katrina struck the city.”
Photo: B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick volunteering in New Orleans Park with the AEPi brothers.
“Partnering with 500 Jewish young men to help rebuild New Orleans’ main park is truly special,” B’nai B’rith
International President Dennis W. Glick said. “B’nai B’rith has been deeply involved in helping New Orleans for
five years. This project will have an immediate impact on the community, and will also teach valuable lessons to
the AEPi brothers about giving back.”
B’nai B’rith’s active history of sponsoring disaster relief programs in New Orleans began shortly after
Hurricane Katrina devastated the city-raising more than $1 million for the Gulf region. B’nai B’rith also
demonstrated its support of the Gulf Coast by holding its annual policy conference in New Orleans in 2006.
The New Orleans City Park project marks the end of a five-year effort to assist in rebuilding homes, houses of
worship, and other projects in states devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
“This project is the culmination of a long-term commitment to helping the Gulf Coast rebuild,” B’nai B’rith
International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “We hope the citizens of New Orleans
enjoy the park’s upgrades and that it becomes a great symbol of the rebuilding efforts in the region.”
B’nai B’rith International, the Global Voice of the Jewish Community, is the oldest and most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy organization. For 166 years, BBI has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and tolerance.